President & Vice-Chancellor


Annette Trimbee

Dr. Annette Trimbee assumed the role of President and Vice-Chancellor at The University of Winnipeg on August 1, 2014.

UWinnipeg is located in downtown Winnipeg, on Treaty One territory in the heart of the Métis Nation. UWinnipeg is a medium-sized university with approximately 10,000 full- and part-time students.  UWinnipeg is known for academic and research excellence, its commitment to sustainability, -- having exceeded Kyoto targets by reducing our GHG emissions ten per cent below 1990 levels -- “Indigenization,” which is focused on implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and integrating Indigenous perspectives and knowledge within the academy; and working with the surrounding community to help inner-city children in one of Canada’s poorest neighborhoods develop a university-bound identity. Key accomplishments include completing a university-wide strategic directions plan, the introduction of a three-year budget strategy; and development and approval of the Indigenous Course Requirement for all undergraduate students, among the first in Canada.     

In May 2016, Trimbee was appointed to the board of Manitoba Hydro where she will share her knowledge and expertise in water management and energy policy.

In 2015, she served on a four-person panel, whose task was to review and make recommendations related to Alberta’s oil and gas royalty regime. In 2015, she was also named co-Chair of the Lake Friendly Stewards Alliance by the Manitoba government. The goal of the Alliance is to create a broad base of support for and awareness of the challenges facing Manitoba’s lakes, especially Lake Winnipeg. 

Previous to this role, she was a Deputy Minister of several departments in the Alberta government, including Finance and Treasury Board, Service Alberta and Advanced Education and Technology.  Key accomplishments include Alberta Budget 2012 and 2013, the redesign of Alberta’s innovation system and creation of the Alberta Innovates Corporations, bringing Alberta post-secondary institutions together to plan and collaborate through Campus Alberta, and development of Alberta’s Health Policy Framework and Integrated Resource Management Policy Framework.

She holds a BSc from the University of Winnipeg, an MSc from the University of Manitoba and a PhD from McMaster University in Ecology and a Post-Doc in aquatic ecology from the University of Alberta.

Dr. Annette Trimbee - in her own words

Dr. Annette Trimbee - Inaugural address [PDF]